Products of the Week: Philly’s Favorite Drink, Olympic Watches and a Very Expensive Basketball

The 16 best pieces of garb and gear that crossed our desks this week

February 19, 2022 8:58 am
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Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of it. Today: Twisted Tea Light goes national, Oak and Oscar class up the world games, and the Daniel Arsham-designed Tiffany & Co. x Wilson collaboration we didn’t see coming.

Three bottles of espresso Martin mix
XXI Martini

XXI Martinis

Espresso martinis in a bottle? Count us in. Also available in chocolate or chocolate-mint flavors, these ready-to-drink vodka-based cocktails (15% ABV) are definitely quicker than making your own … and should relieve stressed-out bartenders.

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Tiffany and Co.

Daniel Arsham Tiffany & Co. x Wilson x Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball

Fresh on the heels of their NFL trophy collaboration, Tiffany & Co. turn to the NBA for a one-of-a-kind collaboration between heritage ball brand Wilson and the Cleveland Cavaliers (hosts of the All Star Weekend) for a Daniel Arsham-designed blue basketball. The balls are price at $550, and will be sold exclusively at Tiffany & Co. x Cleveland Cavaliers Pop-Up in Downtown Cleveland. Good luck trying to snag one.

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Casper Foam Pillow w/Snow Technology

The bedding brand’s memory foam pillow gets a cool update — as in, this optional addition will help keep your pillow cool for up to 12 hours. Summertime game changer.

a white self with a record holding extension

Toneoptic rpm Special Limited Edition

Part of the fun of owning vinyl? Showcasing it and flipping through your collection easily. These handcrafted wall units store 60-75 records, which will rotate out as you open the drawer, and come with three dividers for additional organization. Available in white or walnut.

a model in the Therabody recovery tech

Therabody RecoveryAir Pneumatic Compression Boots

Therabody’s fourth generation of recovery gear is here: Pro ($1,299), JetBoots ($899) and Prime ($699) all make up the RecoveryAir collection, and make those brutal days on the pitch or at the gym a heck of a lot easier. Utilizing FastFlush pressure massage Technology, the compression boots aid in recovery when you need it most.

a pots and pan collection
Fusion Guard

FusionGuard MasterChef Champion Collection

You may not be able to cook like a MasterChef, but with FusionGuard’s newest Champion collection, you’ll be able to use the same gear. Six different sets, ranging from a five-piece starter kit to the deluxe 17-piece cookware set, means you can emulate your favorite culinary starts however you see fit.

a two-toned jacket from Taylor Stitch
Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley Project Digging In Capsule

Ron Finley’s battle to establish and preserve his community garden in South Central LA is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and to celebrate Ron’s success and perseverance, the good people at Taylor Stitch are releasing the Digging In Capsule, chock full of gardening grails. From the rugged Task Jacket to the Ron-approved Carpenter Pant, a chunk of every sale from the 6-piece collection will go to support the Ron Finley Project.

a multi-pack

GNC Mega Men Whole Body VitaPack

Being braulic? Pretty cool. Not so cool? Dying of vitamin deficiency. Make sure you take care of your totality — not just the delts and pecs — with GNC’s Mega Man Vitapack. Containing 30 clinically studied ingredients, individually packeted for 30 days, the VitaPack claims to “provide support for both wellness and performance”.

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Q Timex 1972 Reissue 43mm Leather Strap Watch

It appears Timex has been slowly preparing us for this release. The company has been reissuing quartz watches from their archives for some time under the Q Timex line, but they’ve all been relatively conventional. Sure, they’ve thrown in some gold-tone here, a wonky date window there, but the retro timepieces have never been statement pieces. This, the Q Timex 1972, is the definition of a statement watch. Bringing back a design from 50 years ago, it features a 43mm stainless-steel tonneau case in gold-tone, floating hour markers, a rich burgundy dial and a domed acrylic crystal which bumps up the case height to a thick 15mm. It’s loud, it’s retro, it’s not for everyone — but it might be just what you need.

a box of earplugs from NPR music

Earpeace x NPR Music

You thought NPR was too geriatric-adjacent to link up for a collab? Think again. No, Earpeace x NPR isn’t the hottest sneaker around — it’s a pair of ear plugs. And what’s wrong with that? Being able to hear past the age of 50 is … sexy.

three favored truly vodka

Truly Flavored Vodka

Launching next month, hard seltzer/canned cocktail brand Truly is bringing their flavors to hard spirits with the debut of flavored vodkas. According to BarBiz, these 60-proof variations will include Strawberry Lemonade, Wild Berry, and Pineapple Mango and be available in 50mL, 375mL, 750mL and 1L bottles.

a themed sunrise blanket

Rumpl Skyline Divide Puffy Blanket

Rumpl’s latest collab with athlete and artist Brooklyn Bell delivers a unique blend of color and comfort that’s sure to catch your eye. A professional mountain biker and BiPOC illustrator, Bell’s original work draws inspiration from the Skyline Divide Trail in her home state of Washington, where fiery sunsets cast iridescent colors upon the high-alpine peaks. Artwork aside, the blanket is none other than Rumpl’s Original Puffy Blanket — it’s the same one we’ve used for years, from the backyard to the backcountry. There’s never been a better time to snuggle up in style.

a black amplifier

Marantz Model 40n

A luxury amplifier with built-in streaming — hook those up to your speakers, TV and record player of choice, and you’ll have an easy-to-use upgrade to all of your home theater and audio.

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Midnight Studios

Midnight Studios

Shane Gonzales Midnight Studios may have just released their first collection — Season 0’s “Welcome to the Machine” — but with endorsements from the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Zack Bia and G-Easy, we can already tell the brand is going to be a hit. Potmarked with classic suiting, streetwear sensibilities and a whole lot of western influence, the collection ranges from $175-$2,000.

a stone curling watch
Oscar and Oak

Oscar and Oak Team Shuster Humboldt

Back in 2018 Chicago’s Oak & Oscar, one of our favorite micro watch brands, released the Humboldt, a well-balanced piece with their signature flair and a rotating 12-hour bezel. You know who likes the watch just as much as us? The U.S. men’s Olympic curling team. They wore the style throughout the recent Games, and to celebrate, the brand released the special Team Shuster edition (named after captain, or skip, John Shuster) which features a piece of a curling stone set into the caseback. Only 10 were made, five for the team and five for the public, so you can understand why they’re already sold out.

a can of twisted tea light
Twisted Tea

Twisted Tea Light

Twisted Tea runs deep in the great city of Philadelphia. I — a Philly native — would know because in high school my diet consisted mainly of the sugary hard iced tea. But there is also data to back that statement up. In 2020, Twisted Tea tweeted a heat map that showed the city of brotherly love consumes the company’s Twisted Tea Light — a lower calorie flavor option — more than anywhere else in the country (more than 300K gallons consumed in 2021 alone). Unbeknownst to me, the Philly favorite isn’t available nationwide — until now! The 110-calorie, 4% ABV beverage will soon be available to all Americans, so we can all enjoy a summer of hard light iced tea.

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